Is the year of change?

Dear readers. A new year begins; Gone are the holidays with family and friends and a lot of goals and projects loom on the horizon. It is our desire that every one of our readers have a prosperous year 2008, in which all projects and ambitions are realized.

Just as times change, the new year brings changes and modifications of importance to the industry. In 2008, attention will be focused on two aspects: energy saving and the replacement of refrigerants. This does not mean that they are new issues, but the last two years, such elements have been undoubtedly the biggest concern of the industry, given the global interest in controlling the effects of development on the environment.

In terms of refrigerants, the year will be marked by various pressures to find a new compound that meets the needs of the majority, although it seems that HFCs continue gaining ground in America, Europe, the ground seems to be traveled so easy, because in that region are more attempts with the issue of global warming. There will seek to consolidate the CO2, which comes with force, although in Latin America still needed to consolidate the use of natural refrigerants. It is also important to begin to develop laws that are more demanding maintenance practices and repacking compounds.

On the other side is energy saving. In developed countries this has become a major concern for the costs of electricity; proof of this is the entry into force of new energy minimum standards for equipment as varied as dishwashers, dehumidifiers, cold rooms and electric motors, among others. This is the result of the signing of the decree of energy independence and security, signed in late December.

This year we must analyze what Latin countries begin to take seriously both, because what has been done so far have been mostly sporadic efforts of governments. 2008 could be the year of change for our industry, even in Latin America; hopefully so, it is time to take really serious positions in regard to the future of the planet.

Julian Restrepo Arcila

Tell you life beyond oil?

Friends readers. 2007 is over; I can only thank them for the support they gave us during this season and seize the opportunity, of course, to wish them a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year 2008.

However, I want to take this opportunity to comment on the apparent rise with no upper limit of oil prices, a situation that will continue, will cause a collapse in the global economy, even affecting the industry HVAC / R.

The situation is quite worrying, since during several months oil has been rising, and longed decline that international analysts speak as the solution to the economic crisis produced nothing. The most serious issue is the high dependence of the current economy on this raw material, and although some governments, such as American, discuss fuel switching, investments in ecological alternatives, the truth is that this is still just a dream.

To follow this situation we will see increases in the prices of many essential goods, which is already seeing increases in fuel, made which in turn will accelerate the rise in prices of products to the final consumer, as is demonstrated that manufacturers such premiums they charge consumers.

Without wishing to make inofficious reviews, I think this is the time to make decisions. The planet and economic systems in which live more than six billion people can not continue depending on the wealth of a few; beyond my approach is to receive any qualification, I think the current energy system, where a single alternative monopolizes the market, is very harmful to the interests of all.

The paradox of the current situation is that watching him magnifier logic, everything that happens is the fault of the same market, which, despite an era of numerous technological advances, never could find an energy substitute for oil and its derivatives .

I also believe that this is the time when the planet needs of researchers and scientists to develop real alternatives, away from the demagogic utopias of some presidents. We need to find ways to find life beyond oil.

Until next time.

Empiricism is not bad, but ...

Dear readers. It is a pleasure to greet you; I want to take this opportunity to send warm greetings of solidarity to our brothers and Peruvian readers for the tragedy that occurred with the earthquake that hit the country in mid-August. All our attention from here, wishing them a speedy recovery.

This time I want to talk about a practice that is fairly observed in the field of HVAC-R and is highly detrimental to the interests of all empiricism. This phenomenon refers primarily to the performance of any activity or practice without proper preparation for it, being based solely on the bases.

In our industries, empiricism is observed in many of the processes that take place daily as the installation of an air conditioner, maintaining a refrigeration system refrigerant charges in the various processes and more.

I want to emphasize that I am not against a person make the decision to learn to exercise any work, but what I find delicate is that this work is exercised without the minimum technical and worse requirements even with the indifference of the case who only care about charging a service, whether right or wrong done.

I know that in Latin America training is expensive, but now we have at hand a valuable tool: the Internet. There is everything, and just simply approach a cyber cafe (where computers are rented by the hour) and seek to have access to more information, which will surely result in greater skill at performing the work.

Just think, the benefits are many. On the one hand, there will be more satisfied customers and users and this will increase your business horizon. On the other hand, the planet will thank you, because in many cases will not depositing large amounts of refrigerants into the atmosphere, and energy consumption will be lower. Finally there is the greatest reward: the satisfaction of knowing you are doing a good job and is receiving fair payment for their work.

Until next time.

Julian Arcila Restrepo, Editor

A cause that must go beyond newspapers

In recent days newspapers and news portals around the world they have witnessed bold announcements aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases or control pollution of cities by inserting large-scale green technologies in some of the most polluted metropolises on the planet.

Without any doubt, these ads are quite positive and encouraging, but we must work so that such initiatives not simply remain as media and advertising purposes, or become approaches to political campaigns.

It is important to clarify that this means coincide with those which promote the reduction of emissions of compounds that are harmful to the ozone layer, and also accompanies those seeking the implementation of green technologies in the most polluting cities; however calls to land such initiatives through programs that include measures for the short and medium term, because the planet does not support plans to reduce emissions "long term", while pollution progresses, a scenario that would be with the latest proposal on environmental issues made by the President of the United States.

In this regard we welcome the announcement of the implementation of emergency measures in six mainland cities (New York, Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Mexico City and San Pablo) to become green cities. Such actions raise the reduction of vehicular traffic, conversion of power systems of heating, cooling and lighting and metering of electricity consumption in domestic installations.

We also welcome any attempt from other mainland cities to undertake similar actions, for any of the capital cities of the region face similar problems reflected in the big clouds of smog and noise pollution. Even each citizen can make your contribution to the planet decontamination plan a reality, adding to the initiatives proposed by these cities.

So the important thing is to move from rhetoric to action, plan and initiate immediate action as soon as possible measures for building a green planet.

Julian Restrepo Arcila
Quoting products and technical services for Latin America

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